A national memorial service will be held on April 21, 2010 for those killed in the 7.1-magnitude quake that struck Yushu, Qinghai province, the State Council announced.
On April 21, flags will fly at half-mast nationwide including in China's embassies and consulates, and public recreational activities will be stopped as a sign of mourning.
As of 8 p.m. Monday, the death toll had climbed to 2,039 in the devastating earthquake in Northwest China's Qinghai Province, with 195 people still missing, according to rescue headquarters.
As truckloads of food, water and tents poured in amid inclement weather, a state of relative normalcy has begun to return to Gyegu.
Vendors returned to the streets for the first time since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake - China's strongest in nearly two years - which reduced nearly 90 percent of buildings to rubble.
Badly-needed daily necessities as well as the first batch of television sets arrived Monday morning from Xining, the provincial capital 840 km away. Earlier efforts to send aid to this remote plateau town, home to 100,000 people, had been hampered by poor road and weather conditions as well as heavy traffic.
Survivors packed temporary phone booths and charger stations on Gyegu's main street, trying to make free calls to relatives and friends or recharge their cellphones.
Although most survivors are housed in government-issued tents, some people were still staying in the open by the side of their flattened homes.
Evening temperatures drop to below freezing point in Yushu, and there was a little snow and sleet on Monday afternoon.
The Ministry of Commerce said in Beijing that it had sent 3,000 stoves and some mobile shops to the quake-hit region. The stoves will arrive in Xining on Tuesday, the ministry said.
Electricity supply has been restored to pre-quake levels as of Monday morning, according to Gu Junyuan, chief engineer of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
Miao Wei, vice-minister of industry and information technology, said telecommunications were back to normal in all six counties in Yushu prefecture. Every village and township has been equipped with at least one means of direct contact with the rescue and relief headquarters.
In Beijing, authorities begun to draft plans for a new Yushu, with "ecological tourism" as its pillar industry.
2010-04-21 18:37 编辑：kuaileyingyu